Sophisticated tools help students learn computer programming

11/10/2011 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

New software and tools are helping today's students learn computer programming. Unlike their predecessors, new programming languages -- such as Scratch, developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab, and Alice, created at Carnegie Mellon University -- are considered "gateway programming languages" that emphasize logical thinking and encourage students to collaborate on projects.

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